In the course of year, taking just one or two holidays almost never feels like enough. Work’s a slog, and that holiday you booked months ago still feels like forever away – sometimes all you need is to get away from it all for the weekend! Enter the Countryside Retreat: luxurious and secluded, they are the perfect remedy when you’re after a bit of peace & quiet and rest & relaxation.
Our Dinner Deal Breaks offer great value breaks, so you can probably book an escape to the country for less than you think! Here are 7 of our Country Dinner Deals top picks…
Cranage Hall, Cheshire
2 Nights & 1 Dinner from £88pp
Easily one of our most popular packages, Cranage Hall offer cosy guestrooms and serve up delicious food. A quick drive from pretty Chester, you can also enjoy the perks of city life as and when you want it, as well as visit the UK’s favourite zoo! The beautiful Cheshire countryside is also home to some of the country’s most spectacular gardens – Cheshire’s Gardens of Distinction are well worth a visit if you can, not least at the singularly impressive Tatton Park, just a short drive from Cranage Hall.
Hollin Hall, Peak District
2 Nights & 1 Dinner from £69.50pp
A fantastic value break for visiting the Peak District, we think Hollin Hall is great for a leisurely getaway. If you’re the kind that loves long country walks, stunning landscapes and maybe the odd adventure sport, this is the right part of the country to be in! Looking for a day trip that’s a little more low-key? Why not head to Chatsworth House – the area’s most popular stately home – before grabbing a tart or two in nearby Bakewell…
Horwood House, Milton Keynes
2 Nights & 1 Dinner from £85pp
A little outside of thriving Milton Keynes, the luxurious Horwood House is a fabulous four star retreat perfect for a short break. Set in 38 acres of grounds in the quaint Buckinghamshire village of Little Horwood, it’s easy to shut the door on the outside world here. If the excellent shopping in Milton Keynes doesn’t appeal when you venture out, we’d recommend a trip to Bletchley Park – the former home of Alan Turing and Britain’s other World War Two code breakers, Bletchley Park is now a celebrated visitor attraction and the site of the National Museum of Computing.
Hallmark Hotel, Cambridge
2 Nights & 1 Dinner from £85pp
A superb base from which to explore pretty rural Cambridgeshire – or just to relax and unwind in the pool! – this two night package is a great choice for your next getaway. Naturally, you could head into historic Cambridge and take to punting around the famous University city. Otherwise, you could explore the surrounding area; boating on the Great Ouse, visiting the breath-taking Cathedral in nearby Ely, or heading to the Norfolk fenlands all offer great day trips.
Newton Hotel, Nairn-by-Inverness
2 Nights & 1 Dinner from £80pp
One of our favourite Dinner Deal Breaks in Scotland, the grand Newton Hotel is both scenic and tranquil, set within 21 acres of lush parkland and home to a must-visit restaurant. The popular Nairn Golf Course is also a must if that’s what floats your boat! There’s also much to do in nearby Inverness; our favourite place is the city’s gorgeous castle, but no trip here would be complete without a visit to iconic Loch Ness, just a short drive away.
Walton Hall, Stratford-Upon-Avon
2 Nights & 1 Dinner from £101pp
Shakespeare’s hometown, Warwick Castle, and the beautiful Warwickshire countryside; there’s much to commend this part of the world – all you need is a great place to stay! A magnificent stately home, dating back to the 16th century, Walton Hall is an ideal place to explore it all from. Whether you find yourself laughing or weeping at the renowned Royal Shakespeare Company, or romping across the open countryside down in the Cotswolds, escape the everyday here.
Sawrey House Hotel, Cumbria
2 Nights & 1 Dinner from £100pp
One of our favourite packages, at one of our all-time favourite hotels, we never stop banging on about Sawrey House Hotel in Cumbria. And countryside doesn’t get much better in the UK than in the Lake District; endlessly pretty, with tonnes of great walks and activities for novices and life-long visitors alike, there’s something to suit everybody here…
Planning a country escape with dinner this year? Tell us where you’re off to in our comments section below!